14 days in Turkey & Cyprus Itinerary

14 days in Turkey & Cyprus Itinerary

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14 days in Turkey & Cyprus Itinerary

Start: Bucharest, Romania
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Izmir, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Paphos, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Bucharest, Romania

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take a stroll through Ortakoy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see maps, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Istanbul is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Bucharest, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Spend the 13th (Sun) floating through the air with a balloon tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Goreme National Park, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, take a pleasant ride with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, and take an in-depth tour of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Goreme route maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

2
nights
Izmir, Turkey

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
On the 16th (Wed), stop by Alsancak, stroll around Konak Square, then make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), then don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor, and finally learn about all things military at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Izmir Museum of History and Art, then admire the striking features of Fatih Cinili Cami, and then get in on the family fun at Yali Castle Aquapark.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Izmir trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Izmir takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in September, expect Izmir to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Izmir

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Yali Castle Aquapark
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Yali Castle Aquapark ©
Yali Castle Aquapark
Alsancak ©
Alsancak
Tarihi Asansor ©
Tarihi Asansor

1
night
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, then take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and finally take a stroll through Kaleici.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Antalya trip planner.

Fly from Izmir to Antalya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in September: highs in Antalya hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ayia Napa.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods Parks Nature
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Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls
Old City Marina ©
Old City Marina

2
nights
Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Ayia Napa ©
Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the activities along Blue Lagoon, enjoy the sand and surf at Nissi Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Lazarus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Konnos Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fig Tree Bay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Profitis Elias.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ayia Napa trip planner.

Getting from Antalya to Ayia Napa by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Antalya to Ayia Napa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Ayia Napa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Paphos.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Protaras, Church of Saint Lazarus
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Nissi Beach ©
Nissi Beach
Konnos Bay ©
Konnos Bay
Church of Saint Lazarus ©
Church of Saint Lazarus

2
nights
Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos ©
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
On the 21st (Mon), kick back and relax at Coral Bay, then take a pleasant ride with Horse Riding Paphos - Eagle Mountain Ranch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Aphrodite's Rock, and finally delve into the distant past at Tombs of the Kings. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery, and then examine the collection at Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paphos trip planner.

You can drive from Ayia Napa to Paphos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Paphos sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paphos

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Coral Bay, Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery, Aphrodite's Rock, Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos
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Coral Bay ©
Coral Bay
Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos ©
Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos

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